URBAN TALES Returns to Centaur Theatre, Dec 12-15
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by BWW News Desk
URBAN TALES presented by Théâtre Urbi et Orbi and the Centaur Theatre Company, will run December 12-15, 2012. Directed by Harry Standjofski with music crafted and performed by Nick Carpenter, this sixth edition plays the 12th through 15th at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on December 15th at 2 p.m.
Fed up with holiday shopping, office parties and mind-numbing television shows on how to cook the perfect turkey?
Even iPhone and Android applications are designed to lure you into the holiday spirit these days. You can program a talking Santa, decorate a tree, bake gingerbread cookies or create a crackling fire on your smartphone. The pixelated possibilities are endless.
If all of this is getting you down, fear not! You can reboot your morale and nurture your inner Grinch at Urban Tales 2012, the sixth edition of the politically incorrect and wildly funny, anti-holiday storytelling spectacular at Centaur Theatre.
This year, director Harry Standjofski lined up seven frosty tales to chill your hearts in this age of global warming. The perfect antidote for holiday-cheer fatigue!
Performed by top Montreal talent, the irreverent and naughty monologues lampoon the meaning of Christmas and poke fun at overspending, having too much sex and booze, frozen turkeys, vampires, a gay guy from an uber-religious Mormon family... and more!
“If you’re not a Christian then what does Christmas mean to you? Spending too much money, spending too much time with people you don’t want to spend time with and compensating for it all with binge drinking and over-eating,” says Standjofski.
Created in collaboration with Théâtre Urbi et Orbi (which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Les Contes Urbains), this edition of Urban Tales features five stories by Anglo-Quebec scribes and two Québécois tales translated into English.
The Frosty Urban Tales Lineup
Round Yon Virgin by L.M. Leonard as told by Danette Mackay
Tom Waits by Alexandria Haber as told by Alain Goulem
Uncle by Etienne Lepage translated by Harry Standjofski as told by Michel Perron
A Christmas Song by Paul Van Dyck as told by Holly Gauthier-Frankel
Emotion Anonymous written and told by Bryden MacDonald
Everything he gives, breaks by Justin Laramée translated by Harry Standjofski as told by Joe de Paul
On my dark night by Harry Standjofski as told by Deena Aziz Stef and I have not said a word to each other since we left the house, is this normal? No... but he’s “depressed”, “I always get depressed when it gets dark so early”, well we’re almost at the winter solstice, the days’ll start getting longer, you’ve lived in Montreal all your life, suck it up.
Tickets: Regular: $22. Subscribers/ Seniors/ Under 30/ Theatre: $18. Students: $16. BOX OFFICE: 514-288-3161.